Be a Part of It!

How do we know what we like, whether in music, visual arts, literature, language, or in the environment we encounter every day? As the world‘s only research institution dedicated to this question, the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics aims to answer it and to establish fundamental knowledge about the role and function of aesthetics in human life. But we can‘t do it without you!

Most of our research studies take place on the Institute‘s premises on Grüneburgweg in Frankfurt‘s Westend neighborhood. All participants receive compensation for their time. And everyone who is registered in our participant pool receives regular invitations to enroll in current studies. So if you would like to be a part of the exciting research we‘re doing here at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, please fill out the form below.

You must be at least 18 years old to enroll in our participant pool. If you are interested in a study for children or youth, please contact the project leader directly. Ongoing projects can be found here.  


Information on data storage and research participation:

Your personal data shall be handled confidentially, stored exclusively inside the MPIEA. They shall not be disclosed to any third party. Access to your data shall be restricted to a clearly defined group of MPIEA staff responsible for recruiting research participants. Research participants enjoy the public liability insurance coverage of Max Planck Society in case of any claims under private law. You are free to have your data deleted from our data base at any time, such that your personal data may no longer be used from then on. Just send an e-mail to with the text “Deregister” in the reference line.
*I agree with the information given above on data storage and research participation. You may contact me and invite me to participate in your research studies.
*I have read and agree to the detailed information on data protection.